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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA

Sharon L. Potter
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY


1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Fawn E. Thomas, Public Affairs Specialist

 

 

 

August 11, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Buckhannon Resident Indicted on Firearms Violation

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA — A 39 year old Buckhannon, West Virginia, resident was indicted today (August 11, 2009) by a Federal Grand Jury sitting in Elkins, West Virginia.

United States Attorney Sharon L. Potter announced that KIRK C. GUTH was named in a one-count Indictment. The Indictment alleges that GUTH, having been previously convicted of a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year, knowingly possessed a firearm on December 8, 2006, in Upshur County which had been shipped in interstate commerce.

If convicted, GUTH faces a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.

The case will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephen D. Warner. The case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives.

It should be noted that the charges contained in the Indictment are merely accusations and not evidence of guilt, and that each defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.